Naval Facility Lewes
August 1955 - September 1981
Naval Facility Cape May, New Jersey, was commissioned 15 August 1955. Following the Ash Wednesday hurricane of 1961, all the Naval Facility equipment was shipped by LST 12 miles across the Delaware River to Lewes, Delaware. Naval Facility Lewes was commissioned 1 May 1962 following the deactivation of Naval Facility Cape May. A Royal Navy exchange program was assigned under the PEP program in July, 1972. In September, 1977, LCDR Peggy Frederick took charge as the first woman to assume command of an IUSS Naval Facility. NAVFAC Lewes was decommissioned 30 September 1981, after 26 years of dedicated service.